Kim Taylor as Guest Editor
Kim Taylor with Berkshire Magazine Editor Anastasia Stanmeyer
NANCY FITZPATRICK represents the best of the Berkshires, and in many ways the best of what is American.
With the election still so recent and divisive, it’s a blessing to learn about Nancy’s fearless trek across the expansive and diverse landscape that is America. I have known Nancy since we overlapped at Smith College. Nancy was dashing up a stairway, her thick auburn hair in a single braid down her back. She has always marched in the direction of her own internal compass. Who among us would set the goal—let alone accomplish it—of walking, one foot in front of the other, across 12 states?
Her equally talented and dashing husband, Lincoln Russell, provides both an elegant photographic depiction of her journey, as well as a humorous and touching narrative. (See “Nancy Takes a Hike,”) Lincoln and I go back to the late ’70s when we both washed ashore at the stage door of BSO’s Symphony Hall.
That leads me to my equally cherished connection to the greatest film composer of all time, John Williams, who has always said that he and I are in “the same class” at the BSO, having both started officially in 1980. John’s words on some of the wonders of holiday music are a powerful reminder of finding the spirit of the season in these masterpieces [“Alleluia,”]. He is now composing the score to the next Star Wars movie.
Nancy’s journey across the country stands as a kind of prayer for us all: “America, America/God shed His grace on thee/And crown thy good with brotherhood/From sea to shining sea!”